Wordful Wednesday-THE POOL

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Did I tell you all that our new house has a pool? Shortly after moving in we found out that it needed to be re-plastered (the pool, that is). And then we found out that the plumbing really needed to be replaced. And, if we were going to do that, it would be prudent to get new electric wiring and more energy efficient pool equipment as well. That may not sound like much, but all of those things combined are the equivalent of a complete pool remodel.

This is what it looked like THEN.

This is what it looked like once they tore up the concrete surrounding the pool and started the plumbing. Then, they had to pull out the old plaster and remove down to the gunite. The new concrete coping and concrete around the pool had to be poured.

Next, they tiled. And plastered.

This is what we chose….”Tahoe” mini-pebble tech.

And lastly, we had to fill with water.

It doesn’t sound like much, but I can’t even tell you how much time it’s taken, how many crews of men have worked on it. How much work it’s taken. This has probably been the most stressful “adventure” (we are talking near tears, or in tears every single day for a month) I’ve ever embarked upon. Before I stop being wordy, I have to tell you one thing: I’m so glad it’s done.
It’s full of water now (and programmed and swimmable), but I’m saving those pictures until next week or the week after, so I can show you what the pool looks like with the landscaping completed, too.


  1. 1

    T Rex Mom says

    I'm hearing that you're so glad it's done so you can relax and enjoy it!!!

    Happy WW! My WW is up at T Rex Mom and Dad Tales.

  2. 4

    Nicole says

    Wow, how nice. You basically you paid to have a whole new pool installed?!!!!

    I would give an arm to have a pool in our back yard.

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    Momisodes says

    I can only imagine what journey it's been. So glad it's over!
    Hope you're all able to enjoy it this summer.

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    Carissa(GoodnCrazy) says

    I'm jealous of course.. but not of the time, the work, the cost, the worries, the… yeah.. not jealous of that! But I do miss having a hot tub.. I'd take that back any day! 🙂

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    Libby Murphy says

    Lovely view and the pool looks like it will be such a refreshing area for many fun family memories.
    Happy Twirls

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    Life with Kaishon says

    I can't even imagine how much work that was. But Wowza, it looks GREAT! And I am so excited for you! Very, very excited. The kids are going to have SO much fun there!

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    Staci says

    AWESOME! I can't wait to see the finished product! I bet it looks great and that your fammily is enjoying it!

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    Allison says

    Love the features you chose. Man, I wish we could have a pool with our TX heat…maybe someday, we'll take the plunge, too (no pun intended)!

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    LifeAtTheCircus.com says

    I can't even imagine what a nightmare that was.. not to mention keeping the kids out of there through all that!

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    mannequin says

    Phew! Thank goodness the hard part's over.
    I started to say how much fun next summer would be but … I have a feeling that your summer's are a tad longer than here 🙂

    Accessorizing and landscaping will be fun!

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    Justine says

    Noooooooooooooooooooo! Don't do that to me, Angie!!!!!!!!! All the shots leading up to the big reveal looked so good and then you took that final climax (heeheehee) away from me? Waaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Justine 😮 )

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    {Kiki} says

    Ugh…I'm super jealous! Wish we had a pool. It will be another scorcher tomorrow. Hello hose and sprinkler. Happy WW and take care.

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    Tim says

    My father in law has a pool company and I love the color on pebble tech in a pool. Nice choice. It will last fo eva!

    Love and Prayers,


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    Melissa says

    Wow that's great you have a pool.
    I dunno if I'd want a pool or not.
    Maybe I'd like my Bff to have a pool and live next door, then I would be able to use it as much as I'd want but not have to look after it! LOL

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    ~Sandy~ says

    awesome! i am sure the kiddies are loving the new pool….can't wait to see next weeks pics 😉 congrats!

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    Sparkette says

    WOW! Pools are some work, I watched one being all dugout and made on tv one time. Crazy work…and hot!

  17. 28

    Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says

    Looks like it will be amazing!!! I am coming over (as soon as I can find a free flight to the west coast!!)

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    Happy says

    You should have a big blog pool party and invite all your closest Wordful Wednesday participants.

    Oh heck, just invite me.


    It looks very inviting, to say the least! Can't wait to see the landscaping and the crystal blue water I imagined into it!

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    A Family Completed... says

    It looks great! Ironically enough we just got home from Tahoe and my WW is from the Tahoe shoreline, lol. Happy WW

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    Elaine A. says

    I would do drastic things for a lovely pool like that right now, right outside my door! I'm glad you don't have to stress over the re-do anymore! : )

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    Genny says

    We have pebble-tech in our pool too and absolutely love it!

    I've got some pictures of the writing conference up over at my blog. 🙂

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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    Kimberly says

    Wow! Its looking good now though! Right? 🙂 All the tears and pain for such a sight…I'm sure it will be worth it now that you have it though!
    Yay for it being done!

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    LadyBug-Kellie says

    Oh that does sound like a lot of work! I bet you are so happy its over though! That must feel great! I so wish we had a pool..they are so great in the summer! Enjoy it!

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    Jennifer says

    Honestly, with all the fantastic pictures of your home (and now backyard!) remodel, I wanna live at your house. 🙂 This is my official petition to be adopted by you! LOL!

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    Milk and Honey Mommy says


    I think you should celebrate w/a dip in the pool.At least it was completed before the summer weather ended.

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    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says

    Ya had to go and say pool?!? As if I didn't want you to adopt me already! lol

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    Emilie says

    It sounds stressful so I'm very happy for you that your are finished and happy in your new home. Congrats!!!

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    BoufMom9 says

    AWESOME work!
    Our new house doesn't have a pool, but our old one does and needs a lot of what you described. UGH!

    Can't wait to see the finsihed product!

    Happy WW!

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    Kelly says

    It must be fun to have a pool for the kids to play in. We just moved too and even without all the renovations it was stressful enough. I never want to do it again

  30. 89

    Hootin' Anni says

    ….not to mention the expense of it all, and now the upkeep!

    I bet it's now beautiful.

    Come see the water in MY backyard. LOL….my Wordful is posted.

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    Maria Berg says

    I do come and visit you now when it is done!!!!
    Great to have a pool but I can understand it was near to tears.

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    Courtney says

    My husband has always wanted a in ground pool but i have told him for years that it is more hassle than it is worth (since we live in WV and only get to use it 3 months out of the year). I think i will show him your post later to elaborate my point lol.

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    Puna says

    Hey there! Thanks for the opportunity to join your meme. It's my first time. I'm looking forward to coming back again! The pool looks great!

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    Em says

    You guys have been working so hard!!

    Can't wait to see a shot of you, lounging by that gorgeous pool, with a huge umbrella drink in your hand.

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    Kristin says

    We have done so much work, I can totally appreciate your tears. My hubby dug the pool out himself with a backhoe! But I would rather have him doing it then the crews of scary men. I don't know about you, but our pool guys had more tatoos and piercings (yes nipple piercings- for my kids to comment on EVERY DAY) than I could count!!

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    Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . says

    Oooh, can't wait to see the finished remodel complete with sparkling water!

    Happy WW to you!

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    Kat says

    I am just a sucker for a hottub built into the pool area. Did you have any idea that the house would be this much work??

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    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) says

    That's a cool pool – well, I'm sure now it is… 😉 Thanks for the heads up – my 'wish list' for our next house has 'pool' on it, but I'll be sure to find out if it's going to need a makeover first. Sounds like the whole process was like having a new pool put in – but more work. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of the completed coolness! 😉

    Happy WW! 🙂

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    Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven says

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog, Angie! I DO hope you had fun looking around. I know I have fun on yours! The fact that you had monoamniotic twins is amazing! Wow! I haven't been able to find your posts about your experience, but I assume that's the case? Anyway, it's so great to meet you and I look forward to seeing you around soon!

  40. 139

    Oysterblogger says

    AWESOME. It looks great, I like the tahoe pebble you chose!I bet you and the kids are beyond excited!! Cant wait to see the final finished product!!
    Happy Swimming!

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    Michelle says

    When I was a teen we had a pool put in so I know what you are speaking of!

    Have fun enjoying your new and improved pool.

  42. 142

    Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven says

    Angie, I just read your monoamniotic story, and I don't know if it's my pregnancy hormones or what, I but left with quite a few tears! What a story! I'm so thrilled everything turned out so well for you. When I found out I was expecting twins, they couldn't see a membrane at first either, but were eventually able to determine that there was one! Thank goodness! Can't wait to visit you more often!

  43. 143

    Megan says

    What a nightmare! It DOES sound like a lot of work! Thank God for you and your family that it's done! Can't wait to see it all finished and beautified. =)

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    Jackie says

    I am insansely jealous of that pool! My husband had to clean the pool growing up and he detested it… so he is quite opposed to getting one. I on the other hand wish we had one during these ridiculously hot and humid summers!

    I can't wait to see the finished pictures with all the landscaping! I bet it's gonna look awesome!

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    Trina says

    Hi, just discovered your blog and love the Wordful Wed feature. Just wanted to offer some feedback tho. The links show up white and are very hard to read without hovering over them (so that they turn brown). Not sure if anyone else has a problem reading the white but thought I would let you know 🙂

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    Jane Anne says

    Good for you for taking pictures of the work done. You are going to love looking back at those. And, you are going to have so much fun playing in the pool

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    Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom says

    So glad it's done, I can only imagine how stressful it must have been!

    Can't wait to see the "after" fun pictures!!

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    Kara @ His, Hers & Ours says

    CANNOT even imagine what you went through. I still would LOVE to have a pool put in. I'm working on hubby for that one! 😉

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    Melissa says

    Wow, looks great so far!! I can't wait to see the finished product (landscaping and all)!! We are looking for a new house now…. WITH A POOL!!! (although I am a bit scared with my 4 year old, Angie)

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    Ryanne says

    I always thought I would love to have a pool in the back yard…but maybe not…sounds like a lot of work and our public pools here only cost $2 for adults and one for kids…I think I will stick to that! Glad it is over!

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    ChefDruck says

    Pool work can be so overwhelming. We faced a lot of that when we moved into our old house in NJ. But, let me join everyone in telling you, it will all be worth it. Having your own pool is amazing.

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    Christi says

    It seems as though it might have been a trying time but now you get to enjoy the reward of all that craziness! Enjoy!!

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      I think that my date is the right one but that would be really neat if aunt Lynne was right. Oh yeah and if you have the baby on the 2nd that would be a busy day. Carter is one on that day so that would be neat too. Take your pick .by the way were you over due last time???Jennie

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    Are You Serious! says

    ♥ It does sound like a lot of work! Looks great with out water and I can't wait to see what it looks like with water and landscaping! 🙂

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    Sue says

    Sounds like a lot of work, but I'm sure it was worth it. Hope the whole family is enjoying the new pool. I'll be interested to see what it all looks like now.

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    Kathleen W. says

    That really looks like it was long and stressful, and I'm sure it was hard to keep your kids out of there. The lure of dirt and mud must have been irresistible.

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    Lula! says

    This might sound selfish and indulgent and trite, but I honestly thank God for our pool. It's our vacation in the backyard…a necessary summer treat.

    Love your pool, especially the finish…"Tahoe" min-pebble tech. Fabulous! Can't wait to see the finished result!

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    Casey's trio says

    WOW…that is alot of reconstruction….the house and the pool? Hope you are all getting nicely settled in now!

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    Halftime Lessons says



    What a HUGE job! And it looks fantastic!

    Cant wait to see the finished product…


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    Jenners says

    Yikes! Seems like you've had to changing everything in this new house! But the pool looks fantastic. I can't wait to see it in use!!! I'm sure the kids are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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    Live.Love.Eat says

    Awesome!!!!!! I am such a pool person and I have always LOVED seeing before and afters with pools. Loving yours!!!! In fact, that is one thing I MUST show soon and I had already been thinking about it for a long time now. We had a lot work done around it in terms of the deck and the backyard and it just makes such a diff.

    We do have to re-tile the pool so we'll paint it at the same time since it's so old and stained.

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